CANVAS Features

CANVAS

#1 Learning Management System for Educational Institutions

4.48/5 (2,050 reviews)

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Academic/Education
Access Controls/Permissions
Activity Dashboard
Activity Tracking
Alerts / Escalation
Alerts/Notifications
Assessment Management
Asynchronous Learning
Attendance Management
Attendance Tracking
Blended Learning
Built-in Course Authoring
Built-in LMS
Calendar Management
Certification & Licensing
Class Scheduling
Class Summary
Classroom Management
Collaboration Tools
Communication Management
Compliance Tracking
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Content Management
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Course Management
Course Tracking
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Employee Training
Engagement Tracking
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Grade Calculations
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Individualized Assessments
Learner Portal
Learning Management
Learning Paths/Tracks
Lesson Planning
Media Management
Mobile Learning
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Parent Portal
Progress Reports
Progress Tracking
Real Time Analytics
Real Time Notifications
Real Time Reporting
Remote Access/Control
Report Cards
Reporting & Statistics
Reporting/Analytics
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Academic/Education
Access Controls/Permissions
Activity Dashboard
Activity Tracking
Alerts / Escalation
Alerts/Notifications
Assessment Management
Asynchronous Learning
Attendance Management
Attendance Tracking
Blended Learning
Built-in Course Authoring
Built-in LMS
Calendar Management
Certification & Licensing
Class Scheduling
Class Summary
Classroom Management
Collaboration Tools
Communication Management
Compliance Tracking
Content Library
Content Management
Corporate/Business
Course Authoring
Course Library
Course Management
Course Tracking
Curriculum Management
Curve Scores
Customizable Branding
Customizable Reports
Data Import/Export
Document Management
Document Storage
Drag & Drop
Employee Communities
Employee Training
Engagement Tracking
Enrollments/Onboarding
Gamification
Grade Calculations
Gradebook
Individualized Assessments
Learner Portal
Learning Management
Learning Paths/Tracks
Lesson Planning
Media Management
Mobile Learning
Multi-Language
Parent Portal
Progress Reports
Progress Tracking
Real Time Analytics
Real Time Notifications
Real Time Reporting
Remote Access/Control
Report Cards
Reporting & Statistics
Reporting/Analytics
SCORM Compliance
Self Service Portal
Single Sign On
Skill Testing
Skills Assessment
Skills Tracking
Social Learning
Student Information/Records
Student Portal
Support Audio/Images/Video
Surveys & Feedback
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CANVAS Feature Reviews

25 reviewers had the following to say about CANVAS's features:

Shea K.

The Go To platform for small and large universities

2020-07-21

It’s integration with third-party tools makes it easy for the administrator to keep the platform up-to-date with the university requirements.

Pros

It simplifies the management of the course in a hierarchical fashion and is extremely helpful for students in being organized and aware of assignments, notes and exams.

Cons

Since, it has the tendency to miss posted assignments or notifications.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Brian B.

Ease of Use

2018-02-15

Ease of use when importing content from Blackboard and Moodle learning management platforms.

Pros

Ability to import content from existing learning management systems, such as Blackboard and Moodle is a very nice feature.

Cons

As with all new software platforms, it will take some time to learn how to use features but is not overly complicated.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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shashwat p.

Best learning management software

2021-03-26

Overall it's the best way to learning management

Pros

The way all the course material is organized, ability to interact, get reminders and notifications

Cons

Hard to provide individual access differently to uses in a course. Tech support should be live.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Higher Education company, 501-1000 employees)

CANVAS LMS

2021-06-05

Overall, CANVAS is a great experience and would highly recommend to other professionals.

Pros

Canvas is a great Learning Management system that allows for easy-to-use features for faculty to provide instruction

Cons

Students get easily confused if this is a primary mode of communication for their course.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Higher Education company, 1001-5000 employees)

A LMS for online learners that makes it easy

2019-11-07

It simplifies online learning and makes it a more seamless experience for the user, so they can focus on learning or teaching.

Pros

It's clean and intuitive and makes online learning and course management easier.

Cons

After I used Canvas I found other learning management systems that I used inferior, and had a harder time getting used to them because I preferred Canvas.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Troy B.

The BEST Learning Management System Software Out There

2021-05-11

I will use this LMS for as long as it exists and continues to help me engage with my students.

Pros

The BEST Learning Management System Software Out There!

Cons

Instructure should offer an easy way to share a course with another professor or colleague as the download link never works.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Konstantin L.

Excellent online platform fo teaching

2020-11-20

Overall, it is a good primary experience and I look further to improving it.

Pros

Student/staff management and tools for synchronous/asynchronous teaching and assessment are present and easy to use too.

Cons

Some of the functions are not not very obvious, and you either can google them or ask for an instant online support.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Legal Services company, 11-50 employees)

Good LMS

2019-11-11

Canvas is a good educational learning management tool, and we are still testing its functionality in a corporate environment.

Pros

Learning platform with very suggestive interface and easy to handle.

Cons

Even with its good user interface, Canvas can be more complicated for beginners compared to other platforms.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: Free Trial

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Maritime company, 5001-10000 employees)

Online Schooling Has Never Been Easier!

2020-11-11

Bragging an advanced interface, local web facilitating, and broad third-party integrative, Canvas is the most excellent instructive learning administration framework on the advertise nowadays.

Pros

Fortunately, the course data is basic to take after through and can be guided with minimal clicks.

Cons

I wish Canvas had went through more time refining the client interface instead of tossing in so many highlights and customizations (which often proof to be clunky and downright unusable due to the aforementioned bugs, such as the web conferencing tools).

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Sanchit A.

Great course tracking tool

2020-09-10

It's my favorite tool for my university course management and tracking as it acts as a one stop solution to all needs.

Pros

Canvas is a great tool to manage and track academic course progress and manage submissions and tests all in one place.

Cons

The group discussions under a course option seem to be confusing at times.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Michael C.

One of the Better Learning Management Systems on the Market

2020-12-28

When I heard that my work was switching from our old custom-built learning platform to Canvas, I was excited.

Pros

Classes are usually organized via pages and the "modules" page which allows the building of a customized course flow. If there is something you want to be able to post to your class website Canvas probably makes it possible, and most features have many options.

Cons

There is no universal back button which means that rather than easily going back to a previous page you have to use a combination of your web browser back button and the course menu. Each course has a helpful customizable sidebar with major navigation links, but this is not "sticky" and so you may need to be scroll to find it on longer pages.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Stacey S.

Excellent LMS for online courses

2019-04-16

Online learning/courses

Pros

Canvas was my introduction to learning management systems for online courses and I'm afraid it spoiled me.

Cons

There is a learning curve to using it, but it's not bad.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Occasionally

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Danielle S.

I wish my university had listened and adopted Canvas

2015-09-29

Pros

The user interface and intuitive design rose above the other learning management systems I tried.

Cons

The version that I worked with did not have the best grade book design.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Likelihood to recommend

10/10

Recommendations to others considering CANVAS

Get your university's backing, especially financial support.

Source: Software Advice
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Anonymous
(Higher Education company, 201-500 employees)

Modern LMS for modern times

2019-08-15

It's light years ahead of Blackboard and generally pretty user friendly and easy to use. Of course customization and plugins make a big difference as well and depending on your organization, you may get some extra functionality.

Pros

Modern interface that's intuitive and mobile friendly

Cons

The notifications could be more robust depending on how users are using the system

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Michael G.

A Good Platform For Educational Instruction

2020-10-22

I haven't seen a better learning management solution solution than CANVAS.

Pros

While some elements, like video integrations, could use refinement, it can be used as a standalone learning management system.

Cons

Some of the navigation is clunky as there are unnecessary clicks to get to commonly used functions. The mobile app seems better than the desktop version.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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Allison P.

OK for Higher Ed but Not Corporate Learning

2019-09-25

Saved me time tracking attendance, and provides an up to the minute snapshot of the student's progress.

Pros

The gradebook, attendance tracking, assignments, and syllabus are my favorite features.

Cons

If yo want any kind of interactivity you need to use a 3rd party authoring software like Articulate or Captivate.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(E-Learning company, 1001-5000 employees)

Easy to use good functionality

2019-12-05

Good way to get students to send in questions, interact with content and keep track of attendance and engagement

Pros

This is an easy to use e learning tool. Clear for students and academics.

Cons

Things need to be published which can be annoying. Students can reply to feedback. Students can see timestamp on publication of feedback.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Higher Education company, 501-1000 employees)

A new way of teaching during COVID 19!

2020-09-23

Our school have decided to transfer the learning format from Moodle to Canvas from semester.

Pros

All the courses are listed very organized from Dashboard, so it is very convenient to control all the courses I am teaching in one place.

Cons

I cannot find a way to import a test from Word document directly to the course system on Canvas.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Linda B.

Canvas is King!

2021-06-10

It is easy to search Commons for courses and modules or you can build your own.

Pros

The ability to incorporate self paced lessons/modules/courses is ideal for distance, hybrid and face to face learning.

Cons

This poses a challenge when an administrator wants a digital copy of your assessments or if you have to print an exam for a student when technology fails.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Lee S.

There is a reason Canvas dominates higher education

2020-05-09

It has a great desktop experience, and a functional mobile app that is easy to use.

Pros

The platform runs smoothly, it's all cloud based, and integrates well with identity management systems.

Cons

As a cloud product, you don't have unlimited customizations. Of course you're exchanging control for ease of management and cost.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Noah L.

Well-designed and intuitive product

2018-10-24

Pros

I really enjoy how simple and intuitive this software is. This learning management software is easy-to-use and is well-designed too.

Cons

It does not offer as much functionality as some other learning management systems because the user interface is more simplified, but still has a solid feature set.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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It B.

Amazing lms

2015-12-21

Pros

Canvas is a fluid and efficient Learning Management System

Cons

Nothing more. This vendor came to us over 3 years ago with an excellent presentation and training. We have been using Canvas for just over 2 years.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Likelihood to recommend

10/10

Recommendations to others considering CANVAS

It is effective both as an Admin and End User! Training is right on point and we are able to design both online and face to face courses

Source: Software Advice
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Myriam F.

A good but not great product

2019-12-17

Many problems I encountered could be solved with some time investment. Learning HTML is not necessary but highly advisable. it will smooth the experience.

Pros

Class management that allows many different types of assessments: submit documents, quizzes, discussion boards.

Cons

Each iteration of a course must have its own test bank.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

6/10
Source: Capterra
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Joel A.

Canvas Review

2019-05-18

My university used canvas,to give out course materials, feedbacks, assignments, syllabus, test, test scores etc.

Pros

Canvas is a great administration software that improves assessment, learning, management etc.

Cons

Needs internet connection to work and you have to create an account to use it.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(E-Learning company, 5001-10000 employees)

Canvas

2019-05-03

Trialling Canvas institutionally and have had canvas training.

Pros

Learning management tools are excellent.

Cons

Academic users may find Canvas a steep learning curve.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Occasionally

Likelihood to recommend

5/10
Source: Capterra
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